By Chad Hobbs
Neither antiques and collectibles nor Flaherty are anything new to Keith and Charlotte Boothe, but an antique and collectible store in Flaherty is. Last week, they opened their new shop in the building between the Dollar General Store and the Farm Bureau office.
The couple was introduced to selling antiques by Charlotte’s sisters in the 90s. By 1998, they started selling antiques in Lexington at an antique mall the second weekend of every month, along with attending several other antique shows that take place once or twice a year in Kentucky and surrounding states.
With travel and lodging expenses constantly increasing, the Boothes started thinking about opening a shop closer to home. Earlier this year, an opportunity presented itself just a few miles from their home, and they decided to sign the lease.
Charlotte said it took seven trips with the help of family to move their inventory from Lexington back to Flaherty. After getting everything moved back home and situated, Keith says the plan was to open the shop in March. Then, the pandemic and lockdown hit and brought a halt to any hopes of opening a store.
With most businesses now opening back up, the couple followed suit last Friday. They decided to hold off on having a more traditional grand opening celebration due to the social distancing guidelines currently in place but hope to have one sometime in the near future.
The store itself has a wide selection of offerings. From pink Pyrex and Depression Era glass to a 1950s-era Roy Rogers stagecoach and signage from decades past, there is something for everyone to say the least. They also have some furniture pieces along with a selection of whiskey barrel creations, ranging from wall art to tables.
K and C Antiques, Collectibles, Decor and More has a Facebook page showing some of their offerings and may also be reached at (270) 547-0336. Store hours are Tuesday thru Friday – 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturdays – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. They are closed Sunday and Monday. Their address is 4333 Flaherty Road, Vine Grove, KY 40175.
Whether you are looking to fill a china cabinet, decorate your house, add to a man cave, or collect antiques, the Boothes are sure to have that unique piece you are looking for. You may also be like myself and end up leaving with a whiskey barrel lid with a cutout of the state of Kentucky that you didn’t even know you needed until you laid eyes on it for the first time.
Whether it was with the church, the fire department, or the ballpark to name a few, the Boothes have long been active members of the Flaherty community where they raised their two daughters and now help with their grandchildren. They are the newest example of some of the many wonderful families operating small businesses all across Meade County.